Is it spring? It feels like it with these mild temps! Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!
Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.
Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
Ronald Rodmad director.
Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
When murder calls…hang up! Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this psychologically suspenseful story, which has thrilled audiences for decades, will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown. Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble | Sun 3pm | Concert Hall, Carleton College
The Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs on traditional bowed strings, plucked strings, winds and percussion instruments. Their repertoire includes Chinese classical, folk, percussion, minority and contemporary music. A professional Guzheng Ensemble from Sichuan Conseravatory of Music in China will also perform at the concert. Gao Hong, director.
Can you believe it’s the LAST WEEKEND OF JANUARY?! Time flies when you’re having fun, and there is a lot of fun to be found this weekend in Northfield! Check out the top 5 things you won’t want to miss when you’re here!
New Insect Overlords/Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes | Fri, January 27, 7:30pm – 11:00pm | The Contented Cow
Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes is popular alt-country/roots rock band. Youa Vang of City Pages says “Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes’ moniker sets expectations for their music before you even hear it. Their new record The Higher You Climb has the listener sifting through stories that cobbles together patches of sound to make an alt-country album out of the remains. It’s raw and will stay with you after the first listen.”
Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heightburners | Fri, January 27, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Rising star Elizabeth Ghandour, along with her top-notch bandmates, present a unique style of acoustic folk and Americana. Classically trained with sights on becoming an opera or musical theatre performer, Ghandour fell in love with the folk scene in New York City. She learned to play guitar, started writing her own songs and never looked back. Her classical training adds depth and range to her vocals and her band is the perfect accompaniment.
Tuck and Patti | Sat, January 28, 7pm – 7pm | Northfield Grand Event Center
For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 33 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck’s extraordinary virtuosity and Patti’s rich mezzo soprano.
Presented by Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars. Tickets: $30-$50, available at 507/645-4008 or northfieldoliveoilsandvinegars.com.
Gabriel Moll & All His Friends | Sun, January 29, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger based in Minnesota.
Shopping Historic Downtown Northfield!
Whatever your shopping appetite, Northfield has a specialty store that will surely satisfy, and also features a wide array of well-known stores for those essential items!
Happy Weekend Friends of Northfield! We have lots of fun events planned, here are a few of our favorites, you won’t want to miss!
Martin Anderson & the Goods | Fri, January 20, 6pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Classic rock, country alt and Americana music that spans the decades including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Beatles, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. This band is high energy, fun to watch and will definitely get you on the dance floor. Band members include Alex Sandberg (lead guitar), Andrew Meyer (sax, mandolin, guitar), Christian Wheeler (bass), Steve Paoli (drums) and Martin Anderson (lead vocals, guitar). More at martinandersonandthegoods.com.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss | Fri, January 20, 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Chapel, Carleton
Celebrated pianist Jonathan Biss joins the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for the second installment in the Beethoven/5 project, a major commissioning project pairing newly composed piano concertos alongside the Beethoven concertos that inspired them. Beethoven’s lively Piano Concerto No. 1 is the subject of this concert, performed alongside the world premiere of a concerto by British composer Sally Beamish. The program begins with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (The Tomb of Couperin), which pays tribute to the golden age of French music and the baroque composer François Couperin, as well as the composer’s friends who died during World War I.
Kirk & Low | Sat, January 21, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
DescriptionMusical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers
Ben Cook-Feltz | Sat, January 21, 8pm |Tavern Lounge
Ben Cook-Feltz returns in support of his critically acclaimed CD release, “She Doesn’t Believe Me,” featured on 89.3 The Current and locally on KYMN Radio. A consummate entertainer, Cook-Feltz’s musical stylings call to mind artists like Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ben Folds.
Hometown Ties: Carleton Celebrates 150 Years with Northfield | Open Daily | Northfield Historical Society Museum
Special exhibit celebrating Carleton’s history with the town of Northfield.
As Minnesotans, the colder temps don’t stop us from enjoying our weekends! Check out these fun 5 activities happening in Northfield this weekend!
Goodsell Observatory Open House | Fri, January 6, 7pm – 9pm
Friday, January 6th from 7:00-9:00 pm if clear. View the moon, stars, planets, and nebulas using a variety of telescopes.
Nip n’ Tuck/The Sleepers | Fri, January 6, 9pm – 12am | The Contented Cow
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Gary Rue brings two of his bands to the Contented Cow. Former pop idles of the ’70’s Nip ‘n’ Tuck will open with all Gary Rue original music. At 10pm, Brit “Beat-Boom” band The Sleepers will take the stage, offering up two rollicking, toe-tapping, sing-along sets of British invasion music.
Bagels & Birds | Sat, January 7, 9:30am – 10:30am | River Bend Nature Center, Faribault
Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife. Meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversations will make this a great way to start the day.
Snowshoe tour through the Carleton Arb. | Sat, January 7 | Carleton Arb.
Winter is a magical time of year where a frozen world becomes a playground for adventure. Whether you join us for a lovely moonlight tour by candlelight or partake in one of our more adventurous trips with wine or beer as a reward at the end, we know that you will never look at winter the same way again. Check out http://thegearresource.com/outfitters/snowshoeing/ for more info.
Chris Miller | Sat, January 7, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Lyrics that will make you cry, a voice that will make you sing and a guitar that will make you dance. Throw in a healthy dose of off-the-cuff wit and you’ve got a Chris Miller show!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe we are headed into 2017? There are many great celebrations taking place in Northfield this weekend – Here are the 5 events you won’t want to miss when you’re here!
Daniel Nass | Friday, December 30, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Solo acoustic artist Daniel Nass provides a fun and eclectic mix of guitar and ukulele covers spanning five decades, from Radiohead to Led Zeppelin, from Tom Waits to Kermit the Frog. More at danielnassmusic.com.
New Year’s Eve Party with Martin Anderson | Saturday, December 31, 8pm-1am | the Contented Cow
Classic rock, country alt and Americana music that spans the decades including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Beatles, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. This band is high energy, fun to watch and will definitely get you on the dance floor.
New Year’s Eve Bingo | Saturday, December 31, 7:30pm | Carbone’s Pizza
$1000 guaranteed winner!!
Paul Seeba | Saturday, December 31, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Seeba’s songs involve catchy melodies, strong harmonies and the interplay of acoustic/electric guitar layers that definitely fall into a roots rock genre – with impressionistic lyrics that often weave together a narrative honoring our Northern heritage.
DJ music | Saturday, December 31, pm| J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Northfield is so delightful so LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Check out the top 5 things you MUST do this weekend in Northfield! (All the cool kids will be there!)
Join the Cow Holiday Orchestra featuring Wendy, Lori, Dave and Nate for the annual celebration of holiday spirit and songs designed to take you back to a simpler time of angels in the snow, hot chocolate on the stove and family gatherings featuring long stories by your aunts and uncles that don’t seem to have a point. It’s a sing-along and everyone’s invited to join in, even if you are a bit off-key.
Tim Howe | Fri, December 16, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Tim Howe has been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Jingle Bell Run | Sat, December 17, 9am | Northfield YMCA
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a Northfield community holiday tradition presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management. 100% of race registration fees go to support programming and scholarships at the Northfield Y. These dollars ensure that everyone and anyone who wants to participate in swimming, sports and recreation, quality family time or a wide variety of fitness opportunities, can regardless of their financial situation
Sister: The More The Merrier | Sat & Sun, December 17 & 18, 2pm & 7pm | The Grand Event Center
Capture the spirit of Christmas in one simple step. It’s easy, economical and efficient. It makes more of your merry, gives you the greatest return and the biggest bang for your holiday buck. The bottom line is this: SISTER ALWAYS DELIVERS! It’s “THE MORE THE MERRIER” and SISTER always gives more. You know what to do. Bring the ones you love and make more of your time, your money, your relationships and your Christmas spirit. Ramp it up. Do it for YOU! Get your tickets, come to the Grand Theater in Northfield and experience the entertainment that is known as “a must see holiday tradition!”
NAGCracker Encore | Sat, December 17, 5pm – 6pm | 304 Division Street
The Northfield Arts Guild Dance Studio is proud to present “NAGCracker”. This annual event of holiday-inspired pieces features work from the Arts Guild Dance Theater Company and Mexican Folklórico Dancers. This vibrant performance is sure to set the mood for the upcoming holidays. This is an encore performance of our Winter Walk show. The event is free and open to the public; performed in the Arts Guild Dance Studio
Warm up the winter’s night with a hot cocoa or cider as you meander through the 18th Annual Winter Walk,December 8. It’s a magical evening where the downtown is aglow like an old-fashioned Christmas village from years gone by. Candlelight illuminates the boulevards and read more
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Northfield! Check out these 5 fun events going on! Trashy Little Xmas Show | Fri, December 9, 8pm | Grand Events Center Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash are back with their annual “Trashy Little Xmas Show.” A hol read more
Happy December! Northfield is ready for the holidays with many fun activities planned each weekend! Check out the 5 events you won’t want to miss this weekend! Make sure you check back each week to see what’s happening.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival | December 1-4 | St. Olaf College
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival, one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, will be held December 1-4.
Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in such publications as TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
Cookies With Santa | December 3, 10am – 12pm | United Methodist Church
Benefiting the Northfield Nursery School $5/child, $20/family max
Earl Thomas CD Release party | December 3, 8pm | The Grand Event Center
Tickets on sale at Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars. Individual seats and table prices available. 507-645-4008 for more info.
Sweet Jazz | December 4, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
Sweet Jazz has been performing in the Northfield area since 2006, starting back with just Christina Schwietz doing vocals and Peter Webb on piano in an exploration of jazz vocal standards. From those beginnings they expanded to include David Miller on drums, flugelhorn, melodica, and several bass players, currently Bruce Jensen.
Gabriel Moll & All His Friends December 4, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in the area and beyond! We are truly grateful that you like our page and connect with us each week! We hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday with your friends and family, whether that’s in Northfield or elsewhere! But, if you ARE here, here is what is happening this weekend!
Tim Howe | Fri, November 25, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 | Citywide
A day that encourages shoppers to patronize small local businesses. Avoid the chaos of the big box stores and support the small business movement. The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is helping to support Small Business Saturday with the development of the Shopping Passport. Print out the Shopping Passport or pick up your copy at participating locations. Shop at participating retailers throughout the day and get your passport stamped. Return you passport to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 5 for a chance to win Chamber Bucks. The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will randomly give away Chamber Checks to local shoppers throughout the day. All you have to do is shop locally and merchants all over town may surprise you with a Chamber Check to extend your shopping fun. Chamber Checks are good at hundreds of local businesses.
Billy Johnson | Sat, November 26, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
“Commitment-free rock ‘n roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson proves he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tunesmiths with his first solo album “It’s a Good Life.”” (Chris Riemenschnider, Star Tribune). Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five for Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old ’97s and more. More at billyjohnsonmusic.com.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sun, November 27, 7:30pm | Skinner Chapel, Carleton
Presented by I Cantanti Chamber Choir, Wayne Kivell, director. Modeled after the annual Christmas Eve performance at Kinds College in Cambridge, England, this concert features nine biblical readings recounting the Christmas story, each followed by choral selections or carols which elaborate the readings. Free-will offering.
Sunday Jazz Jam | Sun, November 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Hot Spot Music Studio
Open to musicians of all ages and abilities, this jam is a perfect way to run through standard charts in a low-key, laid-back setting. Charts will be provided for everyone to follow along. It’s a spiritual experience. More at hotspotmusic.org.